100 Bible Verses about Burying The Dead

Daniel 12:2 ESV / 74 helpful votes

And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Acts 2:29 ESV / 73 helpful votes

“Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.

James 2:26 ESV / 66 helpful votes

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

Deuteronomy 21:23 ESV / 61 helpful votes

His body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall bury him the same day, for a hanged man is cursed by God. You shall not defile your land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance.

Matthew 8:22 ESV / 60 helpful votes

And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”

Genesis 23:4 ESV / 56 helpful votes

“I am a sojourner and foreigner among you; give me property among you for a burying place, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.”

Luke 9:60 ESV / 55 helpful votes

And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

Genesis 3:19 ESV / 52 helpful votes

By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

John 5:28 ESV / 39 helpful votes

Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice

John 3:16 ESV / 37 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Luke 9:60-62 ESV / 36 helpful votes

And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

1 Corinthians 15:1-58 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. ...

Acts 2:34 ESV / 33 helpful votes

For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand,

Ecclesiastes 6:3 ESV / 33 helpful votes

If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with life's good things, and he also has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.

Luke 16:19-31 ESV / 32 helpful votes

“There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. ...

Job 7:9 ESV / 30 helpful votes

As the cloud fades and vanishes, so he who goes down to Sheol does not come up;

Isaiah 57:1-2 ESV / 28 helpful votes

The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart; devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from calamity; he enters into peace; they rest in their beds who walk in their uprightness.

John 19:40 ESV / 27 helpful votes

So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.

Ecclesiastes 12:7 ESV / 27 helpful votes

And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Genesis 23:6 ESV / 27 helpful votes

“Hear us, my lord; you are a prince of God among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will withhold from you his tomb to hinder you from burying your dead.”

1 Kings 11:15 ESV / 25 helpful votes

For when David was in Edom, and Joab the commander of the army went up to bury the slain, he struck down every male in Edom

John 11:1-57 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. ...

Luke 23:43 ESV / 24 helpful votes

And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Ezekiel 39:12 ESV / 24 helpful votes

For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them, in order to cleanse the land.

Genesis 50:5 ESV / 24 helpful votes

My father made me swear, saying, ‘I am about to die: in my tomb that I hewed out for myself in the land of Canaan, there shall you bury me.’ Now therefore, let me please go up and bury my father. Then I will return.”

Ephesians 2:1 ESV / 23 helpful votes

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins

Luke 9:59 ESV / 23 helpful votes

To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”

John 11:25 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,

Matthew 8:21 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”

Jeremiah 25:33 ESV / 22 helpful votes

“And those pierced by the Lord on that day shall extend from one end of the earth to the other. They shall not be lamented, or gathered, or buried; they shall be dung on the surface of the ground.

Isaiah 26:19 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead.

Psalm 146:4 ESV / 22 helpful votes

When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.

1 Corinthians 15:29 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf?

John 11:39 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.”

Mark 16:16 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Ezekiel 39:11 ESV / 21 helpful votes

“On that day I will give to Gog a place for burial in Israel, the Valley of the Travelers, east of the sea. It will block the travelers, for there Gog and all his multitude will be buried. It will be called the Valley of Hamon-gog.

Psalm 89:48 ESV / 21 helpful votes

What man can live and never see death? Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah

Genesis 49:29 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Then he commanded them and said to them, “I am to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,

John 20:17 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Psalm 115:17 ESV / 20 helpful votes

The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any who go down into silence.

Genesis 50:7 ESV / 20 helpful votes

So Joseph went up to bury his father. With him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his household, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,

Romans 7:4 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.

John 5:28-29 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.

Luke 9:59-60 ESV / 19 helpful votes

To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 18 helpful votes

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

2 Corinthians 5:8 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:55 ESV / 18 helpful votes

“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

Ezekiel 39:13 ESV / 18 helpful votes

All the people of the land will bury them, and it will bring them renown on the day that I show my glory, declares the Lord God.

1 John 4:4 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

Mark 14:8 ESV / 17 helpful votes

She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial.

Matthew 22:31-32 ESV / 17 helpful votes

And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.”

Proverbs 3:5 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Psalm 16:10 ESV / 17 helpful votes

For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.

Hebrews 9:27 ESV / 16 helpful votes

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,

1 Timothy 6:15-16 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

1 Timothy 4:1 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,

1 Corinthians 15:20-23 ESV / 16 helpful votes

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.

Jeremiah 16:4 ESV / 16 helpful votes

They shall die of deadly diseases. They shall not be lamented, nor shall they be buried. They shall be as dung on the surface of the ground. They shall perish by the sword and by famine, and their dead bodies shall be food for the birds of the air and for the beasts of the earth.

2 Corinthians 11:14 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

Acts 16:9 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

John 19:31 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away.

John 11:11-14 ESV / 15 helpful votes

After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died,

Ezekiel 39:14 ESV / 15 helpful votes

They will set apart men to travel through the land regularly and bury those travelers remaining on the face of the land, so as to cleanse it. At the end of seven months they will make their search.

Jeremiah 19:11 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: So will I break this people and this city, as one breaks a potter's vessel, so that it can never be mended. Men shall bury in Topheth because there will be no place else to bury.

Jeremiah 7:32 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when it will no more be called Topheth, or the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter; for they will bury in Topheth, because there is no room elsewhere.

Deuteronomy 18:10 ESV / 15 helpful votes

There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer

1 Corinthians 15:50-57 ESV / 14 helpful votes

I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” ...

Acts 8:2 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him.

John 3:6 ESV / 14 helpful votes

That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Luke 14:27 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.

Matthew 22:39 ESV / 14 helpful votes

And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 8:21-22 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”

Ezekiel 18:20 ESV / 14 helpful votes

The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.

2 Samuel 21:12-14 ESV / 14 helpful votes

David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of his son Jonathan from the men of Jabesh-gilead, who had stolen them from the public square of Beth-shan, where the Philistines had hanged them, on the day the Philistines killed Saul on Gilboa. And he brought up from there the bones of Saul and the bones of his son Jonathan; and they gathered the bones of those who were hanged. And they buried the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan in the land of Benjamin in Zela, in the tomb of Kish his father. And they did all that the king commanded. And after that God responded to the plea for the land.

1 Corinthians 15:2 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 13 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Luke 7:14 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”

Matthew 25:46 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Jeremiah 14:16 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem, victims of famine and sword, with none to bury them—them, their wives, their sons, and their daughters. For I will pour out their evil upon them.

Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 ESV / 13 helpful votes

For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished, and forever they have no more share in all that is done under the sun.

1 Kings 13:31 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And after he had buried him, he said to his sons, “When I die, bury me in the grave in which the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones.

Genesis 2:7 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

Jude 1:6 ESV / 12 helpful votes

And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—

Philippians 1:23 ESV / 12 helpful votes

I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.

2 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

Matthew 27:7 ESV / 11 helpful votes

So they took counsel and bought with them the potter's field as a burial place for strangers.

Amos 2:1 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because he burned to lime the bones of the king of Edom.

Isaiah 41:10 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Job 17:16 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Will it go down to the bars of Sheol? Shall we descend together into the dust?”

2 Kings 13:21 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And as a man was being buried, behold, a marauding band was seen and the man was thrown into the grave of Elisha, and as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.

1 Kings 14:13 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And all Israel shall mourn for him and bury him, for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found something pleasing to the Lord, the God of Israel, in the house of Jeroboam.

1 Kings 13:29 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And the prophet took up the body of the man of God and laid it on the donkey and brought it back to the city to mourn and to bury him.

1 Kings 2:31 ESV / 10 helpful votes

The king replied to him, “Do as he has said, strike him down and bury him, and thus take away from me and from my father's house the guilt for the blood that Joab shed without cause.

Deuteronomy 34:6 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-peor; but no one knows the place of his burial to this day.

Genesis 50:6 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And Pharaoh answered, “Go up, and bury your father, as he made you swear.”

Genesis 47:30 ESV / 10 helpful votes

But let me lie with my fathers. Carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burying place.” He answered, “I will do as you have said.”

Genesis 47:29 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And when the time drew near that Israel must die, he called his son Joseph and said to him, “If now I have found favor in your sight, put your hand under my thigh and promise to deal kindly and truly with me. Do not bury me in Egypt,

Genesis 23:15 ESV / 10 helpful votes

“My lord, listen to me: a piece of land worth four hundred shekels of silver, what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.”

Genesis 23:13 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And he said to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, “But if you will, hear me: I give the price of the field. Accept it from me, that I may bury my dead there.”

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